I have created these using real puzzles and now have created a digital more convenient pack! My students LOVE them and find them very engaging and the right amount of challenging.
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This pack includes 10 homophone puzzles packs. Each set includes a variety of different homophones. Students match the homophone on the puzzle base to the homophone on the puzzle piece. A picture is included on each puzzle as an extra bonus for students when they complete the puzzle!
These are great for small group activities, literacy rotations and overall practise of identifying homophones.
Simply print, laminate and your students are ready to learn!
My 1/2 students created this fantastic movie as a class. We have been talking about ways we can make other people feel great and decided to make a video as a class.
The students brainstormed all the ways to make people at school feel 'awesome' and used the technique of filming themselves drawing and speeding it up to create this movie (with a bit of my editing skills).
Excuse the few spelling and grammatical mistakes- as the video says "we all make mistakes, thats how we learn!"
This term one of out literacy focuses was on being able to retell texts we read.
Our students created iMovies retelling the story of the three little pigs.
The students made finger puppets and sets, wrote scripts, filmed themselves and edited their footage using the app iMovie to create their retelling of the three little pigs.
Below is some images of their process and the final films they created.
Growing up I was a dancer and always thought I had particularly good balance, a fact that I liked to show off in my earlier years. Standing on one leg, walking across logs and then even cheekily doing the splits while on a gymnastics beam. But as I have grown up I have discovered balancing is actually a difficult skill. Not just physically but emotionally, mentally and especially when regarding work and your personal life.
This year I was ambitious; a new year, a new grade, a new start and study… how naive was I? Now looking back on the last 9 weeks I think how did I actually make it through? The year started as a breeze, my students were wonderful, I was on top of my study and I was organized… well this I now realize only lasted for a few weeks.
I have undertaken a Masters of Education in Allied Psychology that requires a full day of contact at university each fortnight or so, therefore time I am not with my students. This generally means that on that day I am not with them they find this exceptionally hard and I spend the days after dealing with problems that occurred while I was away… There is also the countless nights I am sitting with a highlighter in hand and what feels like a never ending pile of readings that must be done before the next class and that is on top of planning, laminating and correction.
School this term has taken me on an emotional rollercoaster too and I will be the first to admit that I have come home in tears twice already… feeling overwhelmed, deflated and like I am literally banging my head against a wall. The students in my care are a tough cohort and have a variety of learning challenges, team teaching and the space they are in is simply not working for them so I am fighting to have it all changed for their benefit –which is exhausting and frustrating. The environment is causing them to feel overwhelmed and unsettled therefore causing behavioural problems and a lot of time is being spent on social and emotional support as a opposed to learning.
Then there is my personal life, renovating our new house and spending time with my husband and family. There have been plenty of times over the last few weeks where I have sat on the couch to watch something and ‘spend time’ with my husband however I have been preoccupied with an assignment, marking those maths tests or thinking about what I can do to help particular students. Although I am present I am not really…
These last 9 weeks have tested me more so than any other in my teaching career thus far. I have never looked so forward to holidays, recharging, reflecting and coming up with a plan on how to tackle the next three terms and maintain a healthy balance.
So I guess what I am saying is it’s ok to realise that you need to take a step back, reassess and rebalance in fact I would encourage you to. Also take care of yourself because at the end of the day you are the only one who can. I would also like to thank my bestie and the other half of Two Teachers One Blog – Sarah, she has truly been the one who has kept this little project of ours going since I have been so preoccupied and for that I am so so grateful.
Enjoy the last week of holidays my Victorian colleagues and remember try and have you time, book in for a massage, sleep in, go out for breakky and most of all relax.
I love the resources at TeachStarter. They align well with curriculum and above all my students love them!
TeachStarter has these fantastic comprehension packs and I used them to create these simple podcasts.
To obtain a copy of the resources used within this Podcast click on the images above.
During the podcast I go discuss what is a procedural text (as they are all procedural texts) and go through the activities with the students. The students are required to pause the podcast at times and complete the activities.
I have trailed these with my students and they loved them! So much so they can't wait to do more and were begging me to create more!
So watch this space as there are more to come!
I love having a flexible learning space! My students are able to choose their own learning space whether it be on the floor or at a table and they move the furniture to suit their different learning styles and wants.
Ultimately it is my students learning space and they have (majority of the) control of their learning environment.
Below are some images of the different seating/table options I have for my students.
My students loved making these and they made a gorgeous display!
It was really great tasks to assess my students understanding of place value. I differentiated this activity by telling my students how many digits their number required.
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In my room I am big on making sure we all have a positive learning experience. This includes being able to respect others and to be kind to each other.
Once a day the students are given a piece of paper with another students name on it (it only takes 5 minutes) . They anonymously write something positive about that person. They then put it in the 'Fish Tank of Kindness' and at the end of the day (sometimes after 2 days depending on how busy we get) we read them out to the class. The students get to take their special pieces of paper home with them to share with their families.
The students can also write their own at home or during the day if they have spare time and can add them to the Fish tank.
Its amazing to see students faces light up just by hearing one positive thing written by another student. I always ensure that each students has an even amount. I do this by writing the students names on the paper as I hand them out so the people at school they day all get one.
We did have a discussion on how to write positive things and how any mean comments would not be accepted or read aloud. For those students who have challenges writing I write scribe for them.
My students last year loved the 'Fish Tank of Kindness' and wrote the most beautiful things to each other including:
"Bob has an amazing imagination"
"Bob makes everyone smile"
"Bob helps me when I'm stuck"
"Bob asked me to play in the playground and it made me happy"
" Bob has a kind soul".(Bob is not a student name, just protecting the identity of my students)
Those were real comments from my 1/2 students to each other!!! The power of positivity and kindness is real in these sharing sessions and you can just feel the buzz and happiness in the classroom!
Give it a try and see what wonders it will do to your room too!